Art & Writing in the Garden
Q & A with Belinda

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
A small town in middle Tennessee at the foot of the Cumberland Mountains. I loved the beauty of the mountains. The valleys, caves, creeks and wildlife was an everyday world. Growing up there colored my writing with southern flavor, the serenity of nature and the adventure of life.

What about your art?
I started as a freelance artist and doing fine art.  My favorite medium is Pen & Ink.  Which is great for drawing and with three children I have drawn everywhere.  I’ve drawn in the doctor’s waiting room, sitting in the car waiting for school to let out, at a basketball game, a band concert and anywhere I had the chance.  Now add to that my love of creating! 

When did you first start writing?
Like most children I wrote poems as soon as I could print and spell. Around the age of ten I wrote my first short story. It was a scary story and not very good. Even so, I loved writing it.

What's the story behind your latest Coloring book? 
The Serenity Books came about because I found out how much coloring could help relieve stress and lower blood pressure.  Being an artist made coloring books a perfect way to do something positive.  People would be entertained and coloring could help them be healthier.  

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life! You never know what might happen or when.

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Time with my family, going to the mountains, taking photos or curled up with a cup of tea and a book.

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Right now I use a mini iPad. One of the reasons I love e-readers is I have lesions on the retina of both my eyes. Sometimes my vision is poor. Being able to enlarge the words means reading and writing can still be done. Most people don't know I was legally blind for about five years and if the lesions start to leak again I could lose all my vision. But as the saying goes that's life. Life to me is a wonderful gift and sometimes has ups and downs. What I chose to do about them is what's important. My motto when things are down "Smile easy, love life and enjoy friends and family".

Artist Statement

“Life creates how we see the world around us.  How I respond is found in my art.
Each piece of art is an experience
expressed with color, medium and the texture of emotions acquired in living.”
Copyright 2017 Belinda Landtroop